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Peeved About My Parents' Predicament: class warfare and Medicare cuts

Written by Phill Wilson on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 16:09.

If asking billionaires and millionaires to pay taxes on luxury yachts and private jets is class warfare, then why isn't it class warfare when legislators propose to cut my parents' Social Security and undermine their Medicare? Already they have to make choices between paying their mortgage and buying the prescriptions that my mom needs for diabetes and my dad needs for high blood pressure--which he didn't have until he experienced the stress of financial hardship and began taking the additional medicines he needs to recover from his accident.

Heart Failure Before Age 50 Substantially More Common in Blacks

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 08 December 2011 19:05.

As many as 1 in 100 black men and women develop heart failure before the age of 50, 20 times the rate in whites in this age group, according to new findings from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. In the study, heart failure developed in black participants at an average age of 39, often preceded by risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and chronic kidney disease 10 to 20 years earlier.

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Written by Cape Fear Valley Health on Thursday, 08 December 2011 19:03.

In the United States, heart disease is the leading killer among most ethnic groups. Three years ago, over a quarter of all deaths in the U.S. were attributed to heart disease. The Office of Minority Health says that African American men are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease than white males.

Combating Chronic Disease: A Problem that Plagues Minority Communities

Written by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC on Thursday, 08 December 2011 18:59.

Health care. It’s a phrase that conjures anxiety, confusion and frustration in our region and across our nation. And with just cause. As Americans, we spend twice as much on health care as residents of other developed countries, yet our health care system is plagued by poor quality, especially in the treatment of chronic diseases that affect millions of Americans. Within the next decade, we’ll begin spending more on health care – nearly one dollar in every five – than we do on the entire federal government today.

Obama: Drug Addiction is a Disease, Not a Crime

Written by Valencia Mohammed on Monday, 05 December 2011 17:18.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy hosted a media briefing on Nov. 20, to highlight the Obama Administration’s unprecedented approaches to addressing drug addiction. Ben Tucker, deputy director for State, Local, and Tribal Affairs set the tone by giving stats about how costly criminalizing drug use has been. 

Black Women Confront HIV Stigma, Health and Funding Disparities

Written by Rod McCullom, Special from the Black AIDS Institute on Monday, 05 December 2011 17:14.

This year the U. S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), the largest HIV/AIDS gathering in the nation, targeted its offerings toward men who have sex with men. But during the meeting sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council, many Black women--from prevention and policy experts to those living with HIV/AIDS--aggressively pursued programming and issues that focused on their demographic.